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Five reasons to quit dieting this summer.

Byline: BY DAVID SEDDON of the Harbour Club

HAVE you ever wondered why it's nearly impossible to stay on a diet and lose weight? There are many reasons diets don't work and even more reasons to give up dieting forever. Here's five ways to reach your goals the old fashioned way: With a little exercise and some small changes.

1) Diets Don't Work: The problem with most diets is they're too specific. They tell you what to eat and how much, but don't take into account individual preferences. Plus, they throw so much change at us that they're nearly impossible to follow. Remember, weight loss is a lifetime thing.

2) Diets Are Ridiculous: Fad diets, such as the Cabbage Diet or Hollywood Diet, use semi-starvation methods to promote weight loss, which is bad for you. Diets that restrict one or more of the food groups should top your list of diets to avoid.

3) Diets Are Unhealthy: Not all diets are unhealthy but some popular diets, such as low-carb diets, urge us to cut out important components. Scientists love to confuse us with conflicting studies about whether these diets are safe, but you don't need to be an expert to know you need carbs, protein and fat to be healthy.

4) Diets Require Lots Of Work: Most of us are busy and don't have time for the careful shopping and calorie-counting many diets require. If a diet calls for all kinds of things you don't have time for, how long do you think you'll be able to follow it? You can lose weight without counting calories by simply choosing lower calorie foods (an apple instead of a chocolate bar).

5) Diets Make You Feel Like A Failure: Many diets are so restrictive and complicated, you're almost guaranteed to fail. It helps to understand that tackling everything at once and changing your eating habits overnight will not work. In fact, you're sure to fail if that's the approach you take and it's not because you're a loser, either. Make small changes and take your time with weight loss. Make time to change bad habits.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 2, 2006
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